Sunday 25 June 2017 / 11:50 AM

WARRIORS GO 3-0 UP AS CAVS CHOKE LATE

The Cleveland Cavaliers choked on a gilt-edged chance to fight their way back into the NBA Finals, surrendering a late lead on their home court before going down 118-113 to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3.

The defending champions led by as many as seven in the fourth quarter, and held a four-point advantage well inside the last two minutes before the Warriors scored the last nine points of the game.

Trailing by six at halftime, the Cavs clicked into gear in the third term, outscoring the Warriors 33-22 – but it all unravelled in the dying stages as they sunk to a 3-0 series deficit.

Kevin Durant was again the standout for the Warriors, racking up 31 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Amongst a 13-point fourth quarter, it was his dagger three with 45 seconds left to put his side in the lead that highlighted KD’s value to the Warriors.

LeBron James top-scored with 39 points and was just one assist away from another triple-double, but he couldn’t match Durant in the home stretch.

The ‘King’ faces an Everest of a task to rescue the Finals after a soul-sapping defeat in a game they should have closed out.

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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